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security breach. the wikileaks website is at it again, promising to release another round of secret war documents. on hold. same-sex couples learn they'll have to wait a little longer for legal weddings to resume in california. and in custody. a suspect in a three-month series of deadly knife attacks is caught and jailed just before fleeing the country. this is the "cbs morning news" fleeing the country. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, august 13, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, thanks for joining us. topping our news, the u.s. military is fuming this morning over the promised release over more secret documents in the war in afghanistan. the source is wikileaks, the same website that last month
posted thousands of secret field reports on the war. tara mergener is in washington with more on this. good morning, tara. >> reporter: good morning, betty. officials say documents contain some very sensitive information. information the taliban and al qaeda are anxious to get their hands on. wikileaks is about to do it again. >> we have a duty to all the people who can benefit from the release of that information. we are talking about information that derives from the war. >> reporter: the website's founder julian assange says his organization will soon release thousands more secret military documents about the afghan war. he didn't give a specific time frame but revealed his staff has already gone through roughly half of the 15,000 remaining records. >> this information is so valuable. >> reporter: the online whistle-blower sparked a firestorm last month when it posted some 76,000 files. pentagon blasted the leak, one of the largest in u.s. history, saying it put american troops
and afghan informants at risk. military officials believe they identified the additional batch of documents but they fear a second leak could be even more damaging than the last. pentagon secretary geoff morrell slammed the decision, saying it would compound a mistake that has already put far too many lives at risk. assange claims the pentagon refuses to sift sift through the files and black out the names of afghan informants. the taliban says it's using the records to track down sources, a fact he reluctantly acknowledges. >> that's what happens in war. a time in war inspires a tride in war. >> reporter: assange claims releasing the documents could save thousands of lives but many wonder at what cost. and 22-year-old private bradley manning is suspected as the source of the leak. he was recently moved from a prison in kuwait to quantico, virginia. betty, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington for us. thank you. now we want to take you to
the gulf of mexico where the broken bp oil well remains sealed at the top and officials say the long-delayed bottom kill procedure may not be needed after all. to leaks from the well have been detected. it was capped almost a month ago after spewing nearly 5 million barrels of crude into the gulf. scientists say a quarter of the oil remains. many reaching beaches and wet lands. alabama filed suit against bp and two other companies on thursday, accusing them of negligence that damaged the state's coastline. more dangerous thunderstorms are expected today in the midwest, including iowa, where days of heavy rain this week caused deadly flooding. among the worst hit was the university town of ames, which is north of des moines. bottled drinking water was distributed to the town's 55,000 residents on thursday after flooding caused a water main break. a violent storm also struck the maryland suburbs of washington, d.c. thursday, toppling trees and causing widespread damage.
in gaithersburg, maryland, a huge tree crushed an apartment. ten people were hurt, four taken to the hospital. one resident who hid in a closet described the chaos as the tree came down. >> all you could hear were kids screaming and crying and everybody thought we were going to die. it was terrible. it was just terrible. >> about 93,000 washington area residents lost power during that storm. in california it's another round of the waiting game for same-sex couples hoping the ban on legal marriage will be lifted. the federal judge who struck down the voter-approved ban gave opponents of the same-sex marriage time to appeal. late thursday, they did. now the issue is in the hand of the federal appeals court. >> reporter: same-sex couples will have to wait a little longer to get married in california. a federal judge held off on making a decision. couples hoping to tie the knot were disappointeded.
>> we've seen so many straight people walk if front of us to get their marriage licenses. >> we were told to clear the line while straight people get their marriage licenses. >> reporter: last week judge walker decided it was unconstitutional but on thursday he decided not to lift the ban until a higher court rules on the case next week. >> we'll just keeping on keeping on. we're going to keep coming back and coming back and coming back until we get a marriage license. >> reporter: if the ban was lifted city officials planned a major celebration at this west hollywood park that would have included the nuptials of 300 couples. all of those plans have now been put on hold. in 2008 california allowed same-sex couples to marry but voters overturned that decision months later approving proposition 8 saying the state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman. last week same-sex couples celebrated when judge walker struck down proposition 8. but this legal fight could continue for some time. >> just the first step in a continuing appellate process. >> reporter: the u.s. supreme court may ultimately decide the
case and that could take up to three years. cbs news, los angeles. now, to the corruption trial of rod blagojevich where things may be looking up for the former illinois governor. blagojevich was in court thursday when jurors told the judge that after a week and a half they've agreed on two of 24 counts. the judge told them to keep working. but experts say it is a positive sign for blagojevich's defense. an israeli man is jailed this morning in atlanta awaiting extradition to flint, michigan, where most of the stabbings began. most of the 18 known or suspected victims were black. five died. joel brown has more from leesburg, virginia, one of the cities where the killer is thought to have struck. >> reporter: a man believed to have terrorized three states is behind bars. federal agents arrested elias abuelazam wednesday night while he waited to board a plane in
atlanta. >> they had mr. abuelazam paged over the intercom. he was taken into custody without incident. when he approached the ticket counter in response to the page. >> reporter: police believe abuelazam is responsible for 18 violent attacks that left five people dead. 14 people were attacked in michigan, three in virginia and one in ohio. authorities think the stabbing spree started in flint, michigan, where abuelazam worked as a convenience store clerk. >> still shocked that i had this guy in here around me, around my sisters, around my employees. >> reporter: police in virginia say the killer began striking here in leesburg about a week ago. a teenager believed to be one of the victims managed to run away and made it to this gas station. he was bleeding and begging for help. police in virginia also suspect they caught the killer's chevy blazer on a surveillance camera outside of a shopping center. this video was taken just before another attack. >> he selected the victims in leesburg based upon the color of
their skin. >> reporter: but authorities say there is no conclusive evidence of that just yet. >> we'll be methodical and thorough in our continuing investigation and prosecution. >> reporter: investigators expect abuelazam will face charges in michigan first, but he could also face federal charges. joel brown, cbs news, leesburg, virginia. president obama signs a $600 million border security bill this morning. that bill would fund the hiring of 1500 border and custom agents to beef up security along the mexico border and also provide for greater use of unmanned surveillance drones. the measure was passed by the senate yesterday in a rare august session. well, just ahead on the morning news -- radio personality dr. laura apologizes for a racist rant. plus, dude, don't look now, a surfer comes nose to nose with a great white. you're watching the "cbs morning news." atching the "cbs morning news." [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time...
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off california's san onofre state beach some scary video as a professional surfer got very close to two great white sharks this week. chuck patterson's underwater video shows the sharks not far below the surface as they circled near his surfboard 250 feet off the beach. one shark was nine feet long. the other, about seven feet long. goodness. well, talk radio host dr. laura schlessinger has apologized for saying the "n" word several times in an on air conversation with a caller that started out as a discussion of race and marriage. >> how about the "n" word -- it's been thrown around -- >> black guys use it all the time. turn on hbo and listen to a black comic and all you hear is [ bleep ]. i don't get it. if anybody without enough m melaanyone says it, it's not okay. when black people say it, it's affectionate. it's very confusing.
>> is it okay to say that word? is it ever okay to say that word? >> it depends how it's said. black guys talking to each other seem to think it's okay. >> but you're not black. they're not black -- >> oh, i see. so a word is restricted to race. got it. can't do much about that. >> i can't believe -- >> schlessinger now says on her website that she was wrong in using the word for what she called an attempt to make a philosophical point. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks in asia inched up this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with much more on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. asian markets rose slightly, snapping a three-day losing streak. japan's nikkei added half a percent. while hong kong's hang seng was mostly up. today wall street gets the latest on retail sales number. thursday we saw disappointing profit reports and another jump in jobless claims. weighed stocks down. the dow lost almost 59 points while the nasdaq gave back 18. general motors is moving closer to selling its shares to the public again. the automaker could send its offering plan to the s.e.c. as soon as today. gm announced a $1.3 billion
profit thursday and said that board member daniel akerson will take over as ceo next month. he'll be the automaker's fourth ceo in just 18 months. two silicone valley heavyweights are in a high-tech legal standoff. software maker oracle is suing google over its smartphone platform the google android. google claims the search giant is using its technology for the phone's operating system and asked to seize all android products and advertising. mortgage rates hit another record low. according to freddie mac the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan is 4.4%. some brokers say some homeowners looking to refinance have even managed to do so for as low as 4%. here in new york, never leave home without it. meryl harris was approached by a homeless man who asked for cash. she didn't have any but she had
her platinum american express card. she gave it to him, waited, and ten minutes later he returned after buying a soda, cigarettes and gave her back her card along with a hug for her kindness. that's pretty kind to give somebody your platinum american express card and let them take it, wait for them to come back. >> and he came back with it. i'm sure he bought what he said he was and returned it. wow, you don't hear that very often. ashley posterior son, thank you for that. straight ahead, your friday morning weather. in sports, tiger woods tries to get intak into the swing at the pga championship. into the swing at pga championship. [ male announcer ] fact -- when doctors are in pain, the medicine in advil is their #1 choice for pain relief. more than the medicines in tylenol or aleve. use the medicine doctors use for themselves. one more reason to make advil your #1 choice. and then there's most complete, like what you get from centrum ultra women's, the most complete multivitamin for women. it has vitamin d,
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under par 71 as he battles back from his worst ever tournament. in baseball, minnesota is in first place in the american league central division. jason kubel of the twins blasted a three-run home run to beat the white sox 6-1. minnesota leads chicago by one game in the standings. and in the bottom of the ninth inning, carlos lee of philadelphia with a walkoff double to beat the dodgers. the phillies' dramatic comeback completed a 10-9 victory over los angeles. in the nfl, the super bowl champion new orleans saints lost their first preseason game. super bowl mvp drew brees led one of the saints' scoring drives. and the patriots' tom brady completed five passes in limited action but new england pulled out a 27-24 win. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and up in the air -- jetblue renegade steven slater says he's ready to go back to work. renegade steven slater says he's ready to go back to work.
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c1 3 allow same-sex marriages in california. good morning. i'm sydnie kohara. john kessler is on vacation. a federal judge yesterday ruled same-sex couples can get married beginning next wednesday. coming up at five: the next critical moves in the legal chess game that will decide same- sex marriage in california once and for all. an about-face by u-c berkeley on a controversial experiment. it has decided to drop part of its gene testing program for incoming students. why the university made that decision. radio talk show host, dr. laura schlessinger apologizes for a conversation she had with a caller live on the air. the offensive remarks she made... several times... that got her so upset later, she couldn't finish her show. and what's really in those bottles of water you buy at the store.
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. there could be an end or at least a brief break from the massive heat wave in the midwest. cooler air is starting to press down into the country and very strong storms are expected in portions of the northern plains. here's another look at this morning's top stories. an israeli man is jailed in atlanta as a suspect in a bizarre serial stabbing spree. the case involves up to 18 knife attacks. mostly on black men. five of them fatal. and same-sex weddings remain on hold in california. supporters of the voter-approved ban are appealing the judge's ruling. steven slater, former jetblue flight attendant, now says flying is in his blood and he wants his job back. meantime investigators are still trying to piece together what really happened on that fateful flight. michelle miller reports.
>> what happened on the plane? >> reporter: since monday steven slater has bony riding a wave of praise as a working man's hero pushed to his limit. >> thank you all so much. it's been amazing the support. >> reporter: now passengers are challenging his account saying he was repeatedly rude and unprofessional. >> not a hello. not a smile. nothing. >> he literally just walked away from me. he was so rude the entire flight. a lot of the other passengers that i spoke to said the same thing. >> reporter: slater claims his forehead was nicked by a passenger either closing a door or moving her luggage. several on board saw the injury, but none who spoke saw how it happened. >> honestly when i first saw it i thought he just cut his head and was on his way to the bathroom to wash it and bandage it and he didn't. i just thought, that's weird. something's not totally right here. >> reporter: in fact, law enforcement officials tell cbs news they've interviewed 70% of the passengers on board and they have yet to corroborate any of
slater's story. marjorie told "the wall street journal" she did see a nasty exchange between slater and a passenger after the plane landed but she said slater was to blame and the first to use profanity. i didn't think she was rude in the least. it really blew my mind. it was so inappropriate. today slater's attorney declined to address passengers' claims directly. >> i can't answer for the mind of those people you spoke to. >> reporter: despite it all, the guy who famously quit his job, now says he wants it back. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. the skies were a little friendlier last night. clear skies gave great views of the perseid meteor. it was photographed from stonehenge in england to locations in europe and south america. look at that. meteors were seen streaking overhead at a rate of one every half second.
the small particles hit the atmosphere at 135,000 miles an hour before burning up. just beautiful. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." my job is to hunt it down. i'm fred lemond, and i'm in charge of bp's efforts to remove oil from these waters. bp has taken full responsibility for the cleanup and that includes keeping you informed. you may have heard that oil is no longer flowing into the gulf, but our spotter planes and helicopters will keep searching for any oil. we use satellite images, infrared and thermal photography to map and target the oil. we're finding less oil every day, but we've still got thousands of vessels ready to clean it up. local shrimp and fishing boats, organized into task forces and strike teams. plus, specialized skimmers from around the world. we've skimmed over 35 million gallons of oil/water mixture and removed millions more with other methods. i grew up on the gulf coast and i love these waters. as long as there's oil out there that could make it ashore,
inside mexico, deadly violence from the war on drugs has escalated to new heights. since the mexican president declared war on the cartels, in 2006, 28,000 people have died. more than 7,000 this year alone. as barry petersen reports, the drug lords are now focusing on a new target. >> reporter: it's not hard to find the lead story in juarez. on this day five people gunned down. now journalists are the new targets. a juarez cameraman barely escaped this grenade attack. his boss has a new job description. >> preserve the lives of the people out there reporting and covering stories. we don't want to be heroes. >> reporter: those involved in
news coverage have a saying that's also a warning that journalists stay alive in this city sometimes because of what they don't report. >> it's just that you have to censor yourself in a way you're not going to get into trouble. >> reporter: journalists are being killed in increasing numbers, almost a dozen this year. four kidnapped until their tv outlet broadcast a message dictated by one of the cartels. leaving many angry about stories now being hushed up by terrified reporters. it's the latest effect of the four-year anti-drug war. before the drug war started americans were advised to avoid border areas. now americans are being warned away from all of mexico, especially the northern third of the country. leaving some fearing that mexico is spinning out of control. others say the violence could also mean the cartels are running scared. >> we're seeing the cartels for the first time fearing the
government, fearing that rule of law in mexico. >> reporter: it's a war fought with american weapons for the american market. 80% of the 75,000 guns seized in the last three years came from the u.s. in juarez, some murders were a mistake. marcos and jose were at a party for the aa baseball team. gunmen thought the party was for a cartel gang, also known as double "a" and massacred 13, postally teenagers. juarez is seeing escalation. the first use of a car bomb hitting paramedics trying to save a life. paramedic nancy was hit by shrapnel. this paramedic has dizziness from his head injuries. he called it an attack like 9/11. juarez has become the murder capital of the world. 2600 dead last year.
the death toll could be higher this year, on track to a staggering 3,000. many mexicans feel their country is in the midst of chaos that could break it apart, all so americans can get their fix. barry petersen, cbs news, juarez, mexico. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. hope you'll join us a little later for "the early show." i'm betty nguyen. later for "the early show." i'm betty nguyen. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com